Whether you are looking for a short walk or an all-day adventure on foot, bicycle or horseback, Poosey Conservation Area (CA) has a trail for you. This 5,738-acre area in Livingston and Grundy counties also has a picnic area, pavilion, fishing ponds and firearms and archery ranges. The Green Hills Trail, a 5-mile trail along the west shore of 192-acre Indian Creek Community Lake, is open to hikers and bikers. Leave a vehicle at one end of this linear trail to avoid backtracking. On this jaunt, you might see shorebirds and a profusion of woodland wildflowers and songbirds. Be aware that parts of the Green Hills Trail are steep, with loose, rocky footing.
The northern half of Poosey CA has a 20-mile network of trails and service roads that are open to foot, bicycle and equestrian use. This network describes a series of loops through upland forest, prairie and cropland. All trails at Poosey CA are closed during firearms deer season.
Parma Woods Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center offers Kansas City-area shooters a safe, modern facility for independent shooting. Free instruction is offered in shotgun, rifle, pistol and archery shooting. Individual use of the range is on a first-come, first-served basis, group use is by reservation only. Range fees are $3 per booth per hour for rifle, pistol, shotgun patterning and archery. The range is open Friday through Tuesday, year-round. For more information call 816-891-9941 or see below.
The Lamine River runs 59 miles through Cooper County before losing itself in the Missouri River. It is an easy float, with excellent fishing for catfish, bass, crappie, bluegill and drum. Hunters may linger at Lamine River Conservation Area (CA), where 15 miles of river frontage give easy access to 5,800 acres of deer, turkey, squirrel and waterfowl hunting. There is camping and a convenient canoe put-in spot at the south parking area on Highway 50. Additional camping and a boat ramp are found at Highway A. Other public accesses include Swinging Bridge north of Clifton City, Roberts Bluff south of I-70, Harriman Hill off Highway M and de Bourgmont on Highway 41. Most of the Lamine is floatable throughout the year, but you may have to walk your canoe through riffles in the upper river during dry weather.
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